Experienced luxury yacht Owner and entrepreneur Lucas Silva has collaborated with Fort Lauderdale-based shipyard YachtCreators to produce a new series of compact superyachts named LeVen, which will be designed and engineered by Vripack and constructed by Van der Valk in the Netherlands.
Designed for active families cruising in shallow waters such as the Bahamas and the first 27m/88.6ft hull features a draft of only 1.37m/4.5ft. The new series is to be constructed entirely from renewable aluminium to RINA Class standards and will be the first yacht to use the Voith Linear Jet propulsion system; a choice to protect the propellers and keep the shallow draft. Moreover, she uses the Vripack patented Slide Hull which redirects the flow and according to the LeVen website, affords key advantages like ‘improved ride quality, reduced pounding, and no bow rise as the yacht gets up on plane’.
Lucas Silva drew on his own experience to enhance the design, which will feature a sports deck and transformer platform for storing a 4.5m/14.7ft tender and a selection of water toys such as jet skis and paddleboards:
“For families like mine, boating in the Exumas means navigating shallow waters accessible only with a smaller boat. When we arrive, we want the benefits of a superyacht, such as the comfort and the fun… jet skiing, paddleboarding, spearfishing, scuba diving, etc. That’s real living!”
A 650m²/6,996ft²sundeck provides Owners and guests with ample on board space for sunbathing, socialising and dining, and the 9m/29ft long hardtop doubles as a solar panel to recharge the lithium battery system that runs the silent mode on board.
The guest accommodation provides for up to 8 guests over 4 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite amidships, 1 VIP stateroom forward, and between these two larger cabins is the twin to port and the queen-sized double to starboard. The crew is accommodated in the bow in two bunk cabins.
Twin MTU 12V 2000 engines will produce an excellent top speed above 26 knots and have a range of 400 nautical miles.
The first hull is expected to be launched on the 24th of September this year, following which she will attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).